No Room to Swallow

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Hi,
I am pregnant; in my 27th week. I am always feeling that something is stuck into my throat and when I eat I can't swallow my food easily because I am always feeling this way.

Is it normal? Is it a reflux problem and if so what shall I do to avoid it?

Thanks,
Dalia

ANSWER

The hormones of pregnancy tend to make everything "juicier," and this can result in local swelling. Even a slight decrease in the diameter of the opening in your esophagus can make it seem like it's harder to swallow.

The solution is pretty simple; smaller bites that you actually chew 20 times like your mom told you to do. This gives the saliva time to actually do its job, and things will slide down more easily.

~Cynthia